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Our board

Hunter Local Land Services is governed by a board of local people.

Board members work closely with landholders and local communities to identify and deliver services that are relevant to local needs.

Local boards are comprised of a mix of Ministerially-appointed and elected board members who bring a wealth of skills, experience and commitment to the organisation.

The Chair and three board members are appointed by the Minister for Primary Industries – the remaining three board members are elected by Local Land Services ratepayers.

Together they focus on the strategic direction of the organisation, promoting the services offered, encouraging partnerships and building strong relationships with investors while also communicating the priorities and concerns of customers to local boards.

Section 29 of the Local Land Services Act 2013 sets out the functions of local boards. They are legally binding and should be interpreted as the definitive reference regarding the role of local boards.

Chair

Lindy Hyam, Lorn

Lindy has more than 20 years of leadership experience at board and CEO levels in the public and private sectors across regional and urban Australia and internationally, including roles on Newcastle, Singleton and Warringah councils.

Read more about Lindy

Appointed Board members

James Clark, Anambah

Phone: 0427 545 212 or email

James lives with his family on a cattle property near Maitland in the lower Hunter Valley. James has extensive industry networks across NSW. James has a strong belief that primary production, industry and natural resources management can be successfully managed together, with benefits for all sectors and the broader community.

Daryl Dutton, Scone

Phone: 0408 410 641 or email

Daryl is a land owner with a lifelong interest in agriculture and is based in Scone, in the upper Hunter. Daryl has qualifications in management, administration, civil engineering, and town and country planning, and 43 years of experience in planning and delivering services for the community.

Tony Hegarty, Cassilis

Phone: 0427 761 052 or email

Tony runs a beef cattle enterprise at Cassilis. He's on the Executive Council of the NSW Farmers Association, is a board member of the Cattle Council of Australia, and has been actively involved with the Merriwa Landcare Group since its inception in 1989. Tony has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and has undertaken ongoing education in holistic farming and natural resource management.

Elected Board members

Art Brown, Crawford River

Phone: 0400 136 544 or email

Art has a stud and commercial beef cattle enterprise at Crawford River via Bulahdelah in the Midcoast district with an interest in improved productivity and the control of invasive species and weeds. Art's professional background spanned 43 years in the financial markets and services sector, including risk, change management and process reengineering with an MBA ( Project Management).

Ron Campbell, Merriwa

Phone: 0428 485 153 or email

Ron Campbell is a councillor on the Upper Hunter Shire Council, a member of the Goulbourn River Wild Dog Association and the NSW Farmers Association. Ron has a mixed farming and grazing enterprise at Merriwa, breeding Angus cattle and merino ewes and runs a Dohne stud for prime lamb production. He is qualified in sheep and wool classing, cattle animal nutrition, feed lotting, corporate governance, finance and risk management.

Deborah Willis, Landsdowne

Phone: 0405 440 950 or email

Deborah has been farming her own property at Lansdowne near Taree for 35 years, which included a dairy operation, currently timber harvesting and sawn products as well as a beef enterprise, producing vealers. Deborah has a Diploma in Agriculture, qualifications in the timber Industry, as well as holistic farm management and planning. She is passionate about the importance of agriculture and its role in sustainability for Australia and has 20 years of experience in rural industry representation, including state farming organisations and weeds advisory committees.